FSU’s CWS Pool is set

Haylee Blitch

Last night, the Noles took care of business, as Drew Mendoza walked it off to complete a 2-game sweep of LSU. The road is only going to get tougher for FSU, but they’ve already shown that they can beat anyone, anywhere, any time. FSU will be in pool 1 of the College World Series, as they’ll face Arkansas in the opening game, while Texas Tech and Michigan will face off on the other side of the pool. Pool 2 will feature Vanderbilt, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Auburn. The 1st part of the CWS is set up like the regionals, with 2 different pools determining 2 winners, before those 2 teams square off in a best-of-3 winner take all series.

Michigan, like FSU, was one of the last 4 teams into the NCAA Tournament, but they’re still standing after taking down the defending champs, Oregon State, and number 1 overall seed UCLA. The Wolverines beat Creighton in game 7 of the Corvallis regional to advance to the UCLA Super Regional, where they pulled off the upset, defeating the Bruins in game 1 and game 3 to move onto Omaha. Texas Tech will be in Omaha for the 2nd straight year and the 4th time in the last 6 years. The Red Raiders were the number 8 national seed and ran through their regional, going 3-0. Tech then squared off with Big 12 rival, Oklahoma State, beating them in 3 games in a back-and-forth series to move onto Omaha. FSU’s G1 opponent, the #5 national seed Arkansas Razorbacks, upended SEC rival Ole Miss today to move onto Omaha for the second straight year. The Hogs got all the way to G3 of the Championship series last year before falling to Oregon State.

FSU will be the only team in their pool with no losses in the tournament going into the CWS, and only 1/2 out of the 8, as Mississippi State is yet to lose. The schedule is set to be announced Monday night at 11, but it is expected that FSU will play on Saturday. We will keep you updated here with times for the CWS.

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